Remember the illuminated zebra crossings in Wujiaochang area that we introduced back in February? Well, additional intersections around town have recently followed suit.
During the past National Day holiday, tourists and residents who visited the Bund were amazed to find the Nanjing Dong Lu and Zhongshan Dongyi Lu intersection gleaming with red and green lights.
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According to Shine, it turns out the luminous crossings belong to the latest jaywalking detection system employed by Shanghai police. The system includes a lighting system along the crossing and columns on both sides of the road, which are both aimed at encouraging road safety, advise the police.
The LED strips on the road are as hard as steel plates. They turn red when the traffic light turns red and green when the traffic light turns green. Apart from preventing pedestrians from jaywalking, it also reminds motorists to slow down for civilians at night during darker conditions.
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The columns at both sides of the street consist of an array of detectors and cameras. If a pedestrian fails to follow the instruction and crosses the road when the light is red, the column will take photos of the jaywalker. These photos are subsequently sent to the police, and the offender will incur a fine of RMB50 (USD7.2).
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The system has been installed at 10 intersections across the city, including the Bund, National Exhibition and Convention Center and Gaodong Town of Pudong.
The Shanghai Police have advised it will be introduced to additional intersections in the foreseeable future, to ensure a safer traffic environment.
[Cover image via Tecent News]